Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich amber color. Bready, toasty malt aromas with generous hop notes. Follows through with caramel malt and toffee notes that give way to rich hop flavors. Delicious and assertive.
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 Beige head. Nut-brown colour. Aroma is dominated by malt. Taste is mostly warm and pleasent malt with a bitter finish. Nice balance.
maxwellplum (54) - USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the bitter bite to it that I was expecting, a very good ESB with a nice head. Very good, but I was expecting more.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
ESB's are quickly becoming my style of choice. Typical in that taste that only Fuller's can provide. It looks classy, tastes great, a very enjoyable summertime beer.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours lovely clear amber with short beige sudsy head. Strong toffee aroma (crystal) with a hint of grassy hops and grapefruit. Silky smooth, absolutely brilliant mouthfeel. Lovely hoppy flavour, lots of IBUs, balanced well with sweet crystal malt. Very impressive ESB.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This just looks nice, Glassy smooth with swoorling foam. Aroma is nice rather sweet, very malty. Flavor just wasnt too impressive though. Not very bitter, or special, and im not sure where the extra fits in. Just most of a malt complex to this.
larsniclas (6661) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice off-white head. SOme toffee and citrus in the aroma and also in the flavour.
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first ESB, so take this for what it's worth. Pours a nice clear soapy-headed amber color. Sweet earthy smell. Kind of a metallic, slightly acidic taste, rather than the bitter I was expecting. The taste hangs in there - not a different aftertaste but more that it hangs with you. Well, it won't be my last ESB.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 500ml Bottle. I have come back to this beer after a year away. Originally I didn't like the some of citrusy flavours that I could taste. However, now I can appreciate this. There is a lovely amount of hoppy bitterness, and the mouthfeel is spot on.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a great malty/chocolatey taste and also a great smell to it. Not as bitter as they'd like you to believe.